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Wednesday 17th September 07:35 GMT


Southland have little time to bathe in the success of their remarkable 36 34 victory over Northland at Rugby Park in Invercargill on Saturday, as they have another home fixture on Wednesday against premiership side Tasman.

Southland hauled themselves back into the mix for a place in the post-season promotion play-offs, with an after the buzzer success at the weekend.

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With time up, the visitors who were playing their third game in eight day led 34-29 and looked to be heading for the top of the championship table. The hosts however, mounted one last attack. Eventually winger Lolohea Loco crossed the whitewash and first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga kicked the winning conversion.

Sitting fourth in the table, Southland now face two awkward games in four days. The first is against Tasman on Wednesday before the play Manawatu in Palmerston North on Saturday night.   

Tasman themselves fell to a last minute try at the weekend, when Taranaki winger Waisake Naholo scored after the buzzer to help steal a dramatic 31-30 ITM Cup win at Nelson's Trafalgar Park.

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The Makos appeared to have the game won and a top four place all but assured when they led 30-24 with time up. But Taranaki patiently went the length of the field, before Naholo scored his try and No. 10 Marty McKenzie kicked the winning conversion.

That kick brought to end Tasman's 11-match winning run, stretching back to September last year.

Tags: Rugby Park, Southland, Lima Sopoaga, Tasman, ITM Cup, Marty McKenzie
Posted: 17th September 2014

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